We could all use more feel-good stories
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This article was published 17/01/2022 (385 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
It’s not easy trudging through heavy, knee-deep snow. It feels almost like a metaphor for life during a pandemic.
It was a memorable snowfall we had, ensuring a particularly white Christmas. The snow was light and pretty but it was everywhere, and deep. Long before city crews could get out to start clearing, my partner was scraping, shoveling and snow-blowing not only our walkway, sidewalk and parking spot, but the entire block of our street, front and back. He spent well over three hours doing it while it was brutally cold. When I reminded him that there was more snow in the forecast, a snowfall warning in fact, he replied, “That’s OK, I’ll go back out and do it all over again.”
I was really moved by his genuine interest in making life easier for others in our central St. Boniface neighbourhood, not for any kind of recognition or reward, but just because he enjoys helping out and making a difference.
I posted about it on social media, which generated a significant response from readers wishing they were our neighbours, others thanking him, and yet others sharing their own stories of their own local heroes. I was taken aback by how much attention my little story about my partner clearing the snow had attracted. It got me thinking once again about how in the last two years we’ve become a little more aware of what matters most and how each of us can make a little difference to ease others’ hardships in what continues to be a challenging time for all of us.
While visiting a family member in hospital a few weeks ago, we approached the front desk on the way out. The nurses seemed to be braced for complaints or worse. But we weren’t there to complain. We stopped to thank them; I mean really thank them – hand-on-heart, tears-in-eyes kind of gratitude. The conditions in which they’re working are at times unimaginable. The nurses were so thankful for the message we shared with them. I can think of few things more important than the work of those looking after our loved ones.
Whether it’s clearing snow, sending a message to someone who’s been alone or isolated or saying thank you, there’s something all of us can do to brighten another’s day. Amidst all of the depressing news there are stories of our own heroes making a difference, and it’s important to be reminded that they exist and to let them know that they are appreciated. I think it’s safe to say we can all use a few more feel-good stories. All it takes is some thoughtfulness and a generous helping of gratitude.
Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface.
St. Boniface community correspondent
Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface who also writes the These Old Houses column for our Community Homes section.